Arkansas Hunting License Requirements

Individuals aged 16 and above must possess an Arkansas hunting license to hunt wildlife within the state, with an exception made for those hunting at a licensed game-bird shooting resort that provides pen-raised birds. Hunters are obligated to carry their license—either in a printed form, as a reusable hard card, or in an authorized electronic format—during all hunting activities. Additionally, when planning to hunt on public land, securing a WMA (Wildlife Management Area) General Use Permit is mandatory.

License and Description Cost Obtain
Youth Customer ID Number (CID)
Every hunter, regardless of age, is required to have an AGFC (Arkansas Game and Fish Commission) Customer ID for checking in big-game animals and for engaging in permit hunts. For those under the age of 16 who are exempt from needing a license, a free Customer ID must still be procured. This can be accomplished through the AGFC's online licensing system or by visiting any authorized AGFC license vendor. Free Online
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Combination Sportsman’s License (CS)

To participate in activities such as checking big-game animals and taking part in permit hunts within Arkansas, all hunters must hold an AGFC Customer ID. This requirement applies to every hunter, no matter their age. Youth hunters under 16 years, who are not obligated to have a hunting license, are still required to obtain a Customer ID. This can be done at no cost either through the AGFC's online licensing system or in person at any authorized AGFC license vendor.

$35.50 Online
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Resident Sportsman’s License (RS)

This license grants the bearer the legal right to hunt all game species throughout their respective open seasons, with the privilege of reaching the total bag limit for deer. It extends further to allow hunting of furbearers. However, for trapping furbearers, a separate Resident Trapper's Permit is necessary. The license remains valid until June 30 of each year. Included with the purchase of this hunting license are six deer tags and two turkey tags, enriching the hunting experience and providing substantial opportunity for a diverse harvest.

$25.00 Online
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Resident Wildlife Conservation License (HNT)

Holders of this specific license are authorized to hunt all small game species and furbearers, with the added benefit of harvesting one deer. Bear in mind that those aiming to trap furbearers need to obtain a Resident Trapper's Permit in addition to their hunting license. The license's validity extends up to June 30, ensuring hunters have ample time to plan and execute their hunts within the season. Accompanying the issuance of this license is one deer tag, optimizing hunters' potential for a successful deer hunt.

$10.50 Online
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General WMA Hunter Use Permit (WMP)

This license confers the right to engage in both hunting and trapping activities during the designated open seasons across all Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) within jurisdiction. The license remains active until June 30. For a comprehensive directory of all the WMAs, interested parties should refer to the Wildlife Management Areas page. It's critical to note that to hunt deer or turkey in these areas, hunters may need to secure additional specific permits, ensuring they fully comply with regional regulations and manage their hunting plans effectively.

Free Online
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Resident Trapper’s Permit (TP)

A resident hunting license encompassing this entitlement allows the individual to lawfully trap furbearers throughout their open seasons, with the license's validity extending up until June 30. It is important to note that while this entitlement is specific to trapping, it is not a prerequisite for the hunting of furbearers, thus offering flexibility depending on the hunter's preferred method of harvest.Available online only at www.agfc.com, click "Buy Licenses."

Free Online
Resident Hunting Guide License (GLH)
This license specifically empowers a resident to legally provide guiding services—that is, to guide, aid, or assist someone else in exchange for compensation—in the pursuit of any wildlife species on non-commission-owned or controlled lands. This includes areas beyond the reach of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission such as private lands, but excludes WMAs (Wildlife Management Areas), WDAs (Waterfowl Rest Areas), and WRAs (Wildlife Rest Areas). It's crucial to be aware that the Guide License (GLH) does not confer any personal hunting privileges to the holder. The license expires on the annual date of June 30. $25.00 Regional Offices
Resident Special Hunting Guide License (GLS)
The Resident Guide License Special (GLS) extends the rights of the standard Guide License (GLH) and further authorizes the licensee to guide, aid, or assist, for remuneration, in the harvesting of any wildlife species, waterfowl excluded, on lands that fall under the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission's domain—such as WMAs, WDAs, and WRAs. This license operates under the caveat that it does not allow for personal hunting activities. Prospective licensees must substantiate continuous residency within Arkansas for a minimum of one year prior to application. The GLS license remains effective until the set expiration date of June 30. $150.00 Regional Offices
Deferred Hunter Education License (DHE)
This one-year permit is designated for individuals who lack hunter-education certification but wish to participate in legal hunting activities. The permit offers a grace period, during which the holder can hunt while working towards completing their hunter-education requirements. This deferral is renewable annually, providing continued opportunity for new hunters to gain experience under regulated conditions while they pursue the necessary education credentials. Free Online
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Nonresident Annual Hunting License (NBG)

A nonresident holding this license is authorized to hunt deer and small game with the use of modern firearms, muzzleloaders, or archery equipment while adhering to the applicable total bag limit for deer. The license also permits furbearer hunting. It remains valid until June 30, and includes six deer tags upon issuance. However, nonresidents intending to trap furbearers are mandated to obtain a Nonresident Trapper's Permit. Additionally, for those aiming at bear, turkey, alligator, or elk, there is a necessity for supplementary permits tailored to these species.

$410.00 Online
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Nonresident 5-Day Deer Hunting License (AG5)

This license grants a nonresident the ability to hunt deer over a specific five-day span. Included with the license are three deer tags to allocate for their harvest. It is essential to highlight that while this license caters to deer hunting, nonresidents with intentions to trap furbearers will need to secure a separate Nonresident Trapper's Permit to legally engage in trapping activities.

$225.00 Online
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Nonresident 3-Day Deer Hunting License (AG3)

This particular license allows a nonresident to legally harvest deer within a specified three-day timeframe. The hunter is provided with two deer tags to use during this period. It's crucial to note that this license is exclusive to deer hunting. Nonresidents aiming to trap furbearers during their stay are required to obtain a separate Nonresident Trapper's Permit, ensuring adherence to state wildlife regulations.

$175.00 Online
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Nonresident 1-Day Deer Hunting License (AG1)

This particular license enables a nonresident to engage in deer hunting on a specified single day. The issuance of this license comes with one deer tag, aligning with the brief duration of the hunt. Nonresidents who plan to trap furbearers while in the area will need to secure a Nonresident Trapper's Permit, as this one-day license is exclusively for deer hunting purposes.

$100.00 Online
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Nonresident Annual Small Game Hunting License (NRH)

This license grants a nonresident the right to hunt all species of small game and furbearers. Its period of validity extends through June 30, covering the full duration of the hunting seasons for these species. For those nonresidents who wish to engage in the trapping of furbearers, it is imperative to obtain a Nonresident Trapper's Permit separately, as this license does not cover trapping activities.

$110.00 Online
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Nonresident 5-Day Small Game Hunting License (SG5)

This license specifically authorizes a nonresident to hunt all available species of small game and furbearers for a designated five-day period. Individuals should be aware that while this license applies to hunting, a separate Nonresident Trapper's Permit is necessary for those who intend to trap furbearers within this timeframe.

$80.00 Online
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Nonresident Trapper’s Permit (NFT)

Possession of this license entitles a nonresident with a valid hunting license to legally trap furbearers during their respective open seasons. This trapping license remains in effect until June 30. It is important to note that while this license is essential for trapping, obtaining it is not a prerequisite for the hunting of furbearers.

$125.00 Online
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Nonresident Bear Permit (NRB)

This permit allows a holder of the Nonresident Annual Hunting License (NBG) to harvest one bear during the open season specifically for bear. Hunters under the age of 16 and those possessing the nonexpiring $1,000 Lifetime Resident Sportsman's Permit are exempt from requiring this permit. It expires on June 30, and bear hunters are limited to one such permit each year.

$300.00 Online
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Nonresident Turkey Permit (NRT)

This particular permit grants individuals with a Nonresident Annual Hunting License (NBG) the right to take a single turkey during its open hunting season. Exemptions are provided for hunters under 16 years of age and owners of the nonexpiring $1,000 Lifetime Resident Sportsman's Permit. The permit's validity concludes on June 30, and each hunter is restricted to obtaining no more than two such permits annually.

$100.00 Online
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Nonresident Elk Permit (NRE)

This permit is issued to those who possess a Nonresident Annual Hunting License (NBG), entitling them to harvest one elk during the designated open private land elk season. It is not a requirement for hunters below the age of 16 or for individuals who have the $1,000 Lifetime Resident Sportsman's Permit, which does not expire. The elk hunting permit is valid until June 30 and is strictly limited to one permit per hunter each year.

$300.00 Online
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Nonresident Alligator Permit (NRG)

Individuals holding a Nonresident Annual Hunting License (NBG) are entitled to pursue and harvest one alligator during the established open private land alligator season with this permit. The permit is not mandatory for hunters under the age of 16 or for those in possession of the nonexpiring $1,000 Lifetime Resident Sportsman's Permit. This alligator hunting permit is set to expire on June 30 of each year, and the issuance is capped at one permit per hunter within an annual cycle.

$300.00 Online
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Nonresident Dog Permit (NDP)

To legally engage in activities such as hunting, chasing, or retrieving deer with the aid of a dog, or to train dogs for these specific purposes, this permit is obligatory. When actively hunting deer with a dog, a valid nonresident deer license must accompany this permit for adherence to regulatory requirements. It’s essential to have both the permit and the additional deer license for legal hunting operations involving dogs.

$20.00 Online
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Nonresident Hunting Guide License (GNH)
This license empowers a nonresident to professionally guide, aid, or assist for compensation in the pursuit of any wildlife species on lands not governed by the commission, excluding WMAs (Wildlife Management Areas), WDAs (Waterfowl Rest Areas), and WRAs (Wildlife Rest Areas). It's important to clarify that the GNH license strictly provides guiding services and does not confer the guide with personal hunting privileges. This license remains valid up to and including June 30. $500.00 Regional Offices
Arkansas Waterfowl Stamp - Resident (DSR)
Hunting license bearers have the entitlement to pursue waterfowl; however, exceptions apply to youth under 16 and possessors of a Lifetime Resident Sportsman’s Permit valued at $1,000, as they are not mandated to obtain a state waterfowl stamp. It's important to highlight that this stamp remains valid up until June 30. Notably, a tangible stamp will be dispatched for those who value collectibles, yet the code inscribed on your license serves as the official proof of purchase. Additional obligatory requirements include the Federal Duck Stamp and enrollment in the Harvest Information Program (HIP) for individuals aiming to hunt waterfowl. $7.00 Online
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Arkansas Waterfowl Stamp - Nonresident (DSN)
Hunting license ownership grants the privilege to hunt for waterfowl. In this context, individuals who are younger than 16 years of age, along with those who have invested in a $1,000 Lifetime Resident Sportsman’s Permit—an enduring license—do not have to acquire a state waterfowl stamp. This particular stamp's validity stretches until the 30th of June each year. Importantly, although a physical stamp will ultimately be sent to collectors, it is the code affiliated with your hunting license that is essential as the viable proof of purchase for regulatory compliance. To complete the prerequisites for waterfowl hunting, hunters must also secure a Federal Duck Stamp and complete their registration with the Harvest Information Program (HIP). $50.00 Online
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Nonresident 5-Day WMA Waterfowl Permit (NW5)

For those not residing in Arkansas but wishing to hunt waterfowl, holding a valid hunting license is compulsory, as is the acquisition of a special permit for waterfowl hunting on designated wildlife management areas throughout the regular duck season. Nonresidents may obtain a maximum of six 5-day permits for each waterfowl season, with the stipulation that each permit is individual and cannot be transferred or used beyond the set five days. This limitation underscores the state's efforts to regulate hunting activity and conserve wildlife resources.

$40.00 Online
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Harvest Information Program Registration (HIP)

Individuals aged 16 and above who engage in hunting ducks, geese, doves, coots, woodcocks, snipe, rails, gallinules, or moorhens within Arkansas are legally obligated to carry evidence of their registration with the Arkansas Harvest Information Program (HIP). This requirement is pivotal for legal compliance and conservation data collection, assisting in the management of game populations and the sustainable harvesting of these species. The presence of proof of HIP registration validates the hunter's adherence to state regulations while participating in these hunting activities.

Free Online
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Federal Duck Stamp

All hunters aged 16 or older are mandated to possess a signed Federal Duck Stamp when pursuing any migratory waterfowl. This stamp, a critical conservation tool, must be physically on their person during the hunt. In instances where the stamp is acquired either online or from an authorized dealer, the provided License Certificate, clearly marked with "FDE" (for Federal Duck Electronic Stamp), is temporarily acceptable. This certificate acts as an interim proof of purchase for 45 days or until the physical stamp is received, depending on which comes first. It's important to note that these Federal Duck Stamps expire annually on June 30, necessitating timely renewal each hunting season.

$29.00 Regional Offices
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65-Plus Lifetime Hunting License | Application

Arkansas residents who have reached the age of 65 are entitled to the benefits of the Resident Sportsman’s License through the Resident 65 Plus Lifetime License. This includes a variety of hunting and fishing privileges. Those who intend to trap furbearers must also secure a Resident Trapper's Permit. Additionally, the Arkansas Harvest Information Program (HIP) registration is essential for those planning to hunt migratory game birds. For avid waterfowl hunters, possession of a state lifetime waterfowl permit—which is a one-time purchase made post 65—and federal waterfowl stamps is required, alongside HIP. Prospective applicants can conveniently access this license online or in person at any Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC) regional offices, nature centers, and the Little Rock headquarters. It's necessary to have established Arkansas residency for a minimum of one year prior to license purchase.

$25.00 Online
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65-Plus Lifetime Combination License | Application

Arkansas residents who are 65 years old or older can obtain a license that combines the privileges of the Resident Sportsman’s License (for hunting) and the Resident Fisheries Conservation License. With the 65 Plus Lifetime Sportsman’s and Fisheries License, a holder can enjoy the activities covered under these licenses, but those seeking to trap furbearers will need to acquire a separate Resident Trapper’s Permit. To partake in hunting migratory game birds, hunters will also need to be registered with the Harvest Information Program (HIP). Moreover, waterfowl hunting demands the possession of a state lifetime waterfowl permit, available with a one-time purchase after turning 65, as well as valid federal waterfowl stamps. For fishing enthusiasts interested in trout fishing in designated waters, a lifetime trout permit, which is also a one-time acquisition after age 65, becomes necessary. This comprehensive license offering can be procured either through the internet or at any Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC) regional office, including nature centers and the headquarters in Little Rock, provided the customer has been a resident of Arkansas for no less than one year.

$35.50 Online
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65-Plus Lifetime Waterfowl Permit | Application

The lifetime waterfowl permit, an essential item for Arkansas hunters who target waterfowl, can be obtained from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC) Little Rock Office or any AGFC regional office. Individuals intending to purchase the permit in person should be prepared to provide documentation verifying their age. Acceptable forms of age proof include a driver's license, birth certificate, or military record. Additionally, to establish eligibility based on residency, applicants must also present evidence of having lived in Arkansas for a minimum of one year, with either an Arkansas driver's license or a state-issued I.D. card serving as sufficient proof. This process ensures that the privileges associated with the lifetime waterfowl permit are extended exclusively to eligible Arkansas residents.

$7.00 Online
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Nonexpiring Lifetime Resident Hunting and Fishing Sportsman’s Permit | Application

The Lifetime Sportsman’s License is accessible to individuals of any age and grants the rights associated with the Resident Sportsman’s License for hunting, as well as the Resident Fisheries Conservation License for fishing. With this comprehensive license, additional fees for trout permits, leased lands permits, alligator permits, elk permits, state waterfowl stamps, and wildlife management area permit hunts are exempted, providing significant savings for avid outdoorsmen. Despite these exemptions, license holders must actively apply for wildlife management area (WMA) hunts and, upon successful draw, they must acknowledge their acceptance to secure the hunting permit. When hunting migratory game birds, a registration with the Harvest Information Program (HIP) is obligatory. For waterfowl hunting specifically, in addition to HIP registration, hunters are required to purchase federal waterfowl stamps. Prospective and current holders of this license can secure it through the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC) Little Rock Office, facilitating both the hunt and conservation of Arkansas’ diverse wildlife populations.

$1,000.00 AGFC Headquarters
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Resident 3-Year Disability Hunting License (RDH) | Application

The Resident Disabled Sportsman's License bestows upon totally and permanently disabled persons the benefits similar to those of the Resident Sportsman's License. To legally hunt migratory game birds, annual registration with the Harvest Information Program (HIP) is necessary. Additionally, disabled hunters must obtain both state and federal waterfowl stamps for waterfowl hunting. Applicants are required to present official disability certification from the Social Security Administration, Veterans Affairs, or the Railroad Retirement Board, along with proof of at least 60 days of Arkansas residency. The license remains valid for three years from the date of issue, after which recertification of disability is mandatory for renewal. Interested parties can acquire this specialized license from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC) Little Rock Office, ensuring those with disabilities can engage in hunting and fishing activities within the state while adhering to conservation regulations.

$25.00 AGFC Headquarters
Resident 3-Year Disability Combination License (RDC) | Application

The Disabled Sportsman's Lifetime License encompasses all the advantages of the Resident Sportsman's License for hunting and the Resident Fisheries Conservation License for fishing, specifically tailored for those who are totally and permanently disabled. Registrants must comply with the Harvest Information Program (HIP) to hunt migratory game birds. For waterfowl hunting, the acquisition of both state and federal waterfowl stamps is requisite. Those wishing to fish in trout-stocked waters need to purchase a separate trout permit. This lifetime privilege demands proving disability through certification from the Social Security Administration, Veterans Affairs, or Railroad Retirement, alongside evidence of a minimum 60-day residency in Arkansas. The license is valid for a three-year period from the purchase date and requires recertification upon renewal. Obtaining this license can be done at the AGFC Little Rock Office, facilitating disabled residents' participation in hunting and fishing while ensuring conservation compliance.

$35.50

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Mobility Impairment Access Permit | Application

Individuals fall under the mobility impaired classification if they possess physical limitations that permanently compel the use of supportive devices such as braces, canes, crutches, prosthetic devices, wheelchairs, or walkers for ambulation. Additionally, the classification covers persons with severe lung disease characterized by a forced expiratory volume for one second of less than one liter, per spirometry testing, or an arterial oxygen tension below 60 mm/Hg while breathing room air at rest. Moreover, those who require portable oxygen or whose functional limitations are categorized as Class III or Class IV by the American Heart Association's standards are included in this grouping. Licenses tailored to meet the needs of mobility-impaired individuals are obtainable through the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC) Little Rock Office, allowing individuals to seek recreational licenses that acknowledge and accommodate their unique physical challenges.

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